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North Johnston’s defense leads to season sweep of Princeton

Princeton's Grey Gurganious throws a pitch in the second inning at North Johnston on Friday. Gurganious was saddled with the loss in his first varsity start.
KENLY — The North Johnston High varsity baseball team got 14 strikeouts in a complete game from starting pitcher Dylan Pitts to help complete the season sweep of Princeton High, 5-0, on Friday.
School Sports
Fike's Jah'asia Pernell (22) makes a save on Corinth Holders' Lindy Morgan's (15) shot on goal in the March 13 contest. Pernell made even saves in the 4-0 loss.

Corinth Holders takes advantage of tired Fike

WILSON — The Fike High girls soccer team’s fifth game in seven days caught up with the Lady Demons on. March 13 in the second half of its true home opener against Corinth Holders. After being …
Smithfield-Selma senior point guard Anthony Council (1) dribbles past West Johnston's Damari Brockington in the teams' Jan. 11 contest at Smithfield-Selma where Council finished with 51 points. Council was named to the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association Second Team All-Region in District 5.

Spartans’ Council named to NCBCA All-District team

Smithfield-Selma senior point guard Anthony Council was named to the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-District 5 boys second team. Council, a Fayetteville State University signee, …

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Lady Cougars take down Princeton

PRINCETON ­— The Neuse Charter varsity girls soccer team traveled to 1-A Carolina Conference foe Princeton on Thursday, March 14, and came out with a 3-0 win.
Princeton’s Benjamin Bayles makes his approach in the boys pole vault at Saturday’s NCRunners Eastern Invitational that Princeton hosted. Bayles finished third in the event with a height of 10-6.

Princeton’s Byrd turns in trio of top-5 performances

PRINCETON — Competing on her home track Saturday at the NCRunners Eastern Invitational on Saturday, Princeton High senior Zoe Byrd posted top-5 finishes in three events to lead the Lady Bulldogs to …
Smithfield-Selma’s Vanessa Sanchez-Torres (7) gets the ball ahead of Amelia Denning (13) of Neuse Charter during Saturday afternoon’s match at The Brittany XV at Gillette Soccer Complex in Wilson. The Lady Spartans won 6-1 as Sanchez-Torres and teammate Fiona Kincaid each scored three goals.

SSS tops Neuse at The Brittany XV

WILSON — With all five teams in the Johnstonian News readership area competing in the 15th annual Brittany T. Willis Memorial Scholarship Soccer Showcase this weekend, the highlight was a showdown …
Community Sports

Area Calendar, March 20-26

Area Calendar Wednesday, March 20 Varsity Baseball Princeton at James Kenan, 5 p.m. Smithfield-Selma vs Eastern Wayne, 5 p.m. Varsity Softball Princeton at James Kenan, 6 …
ECU Notebook

ECU’s new football head coach Mike Houston, being recognized at halftime of an ECU basketball game at Minges Coliseum in Greenville on Jan. 26, signed three targets on National Signing Day, giving him 21 in his first signing class.

Houston signs 3 more to give Pirates 21

New head coach Mike Houston and his East Carolina football staff entered National Signing Day with three specific targets in mind. At the end of the day on Feb. 6, all three had signed on the …

UNC Notebook
Tar Heels’ growth evident as postseason arrives

The 2018–19 regular season for the North Carolina men’s basketball team can be summarized in one word — growth. Back in November, after an early loss to Texas and a blowout loss at …

NC State Notebook
Wolfpack gets Lockett back in time for ACC Tournament

Eric Lockett has been reinstated to the N.C. State men’s basketball team ahead of the Wolfpack’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament opener Wednesday at noon against Clemson. The …

Duke Notebook
Williamson earns first National Player of the Year award

Duke freshman Zion Williamson was named the Sporting News National Player of the Year earlier this week, becoming the 11th Blue Devil to be named a National Player of the Year and winning the …